Sometimes a question out of the blue will cause me to fret.
I love them to death.
But oh, how I wish we’d talk about politics or religion.
Those topics are in every old dad’s wheelhouse.
(Even if we know little about them!)
I’d certainly sound a lot less stupid about those subjects than I do with some of the oddball ones my daughters bring up.
Okay… maybe not.
But you get the point.
I don’t always feel comfortable responding right away about techie, trending, or economically disruptive news.
I’m often still sorting out what to think.
Like when this one popped up.
One of my daughter’s said she was concerned about Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods.
Since I had read a few articles about this over the last couple of days, I was eager to spout off with my seasoned insights.
After all, who wouldn’t want to hear the considered opinion of the oldest guy at the family gathering?
Everybody would want to, right?
Well, to be honest, I never did – until I discovered I was becoming the oldest guy at our family gatherings!
That’ll change your perspective in a hurry.
Anyway, before I could deliver my 2¢, one of the girls pivoted, “Hey, dad. What do you think would happen if Amazon bought Holland Public?”
Where’d this question come from?
I didn’t know how to respond.
I guess I’d be “automated” out of work like the Whole Food employees if such a sale occurred.
After our wonderful Father’s Day cookout concluded and everyone went home (except Cindy and me), the question still caused me to fret.
What would happen if all of a sudden I had to update my resume?
How many hours would it take me to get my resume together? Would as bad as doing my taxes?
Would I actually have any super-impressive accomplishments I could show off?
And could I really answer questions on job prospect questionnaires without lying?
Whooboy… this resume business was causing me some serious stomach-churn.
But luckily, a brainstorm arrived just in time.
And the brainstorm was this:
If I’m unable to compile a long list of amazing personal achievements for my resume, why not start pulling together a long list of equally amazing screw-ups I had absolutely nothing to do with instead?
HR directors might enjoy scrolling through a resume featuring assorted miscues and bumbles, as long as I carefully tagged each one with descriptors like “Nope, not mine.” or “I’m pretty sure I’d never do this working for you.”
You’ve got to admit this idea has potential.
I think I could finagle my way into becoming “the safe choice” on every HR director’s short list!
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